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Jericho Systems Helps Businesses Break Down the Constraints Of Gathering and Sharing Information

Brynn Mow, CEO of Jericho Systems. (Photograph by Bud Force.)
Brynn Mow, CEO of Jericho Systems. (Photograph by Bud Force.)

Dallas-based Jericho Systems gives out t-shirts that say, “We Protect Your Private Parts.” It’s a cheeky nod to the business the company is in: security, privacy, and personalization. It’s the digital future Jericho CEO Brynn Mow saw in 2002. And now the SMU graduate sees another—one that can help small business break free from the pack.

After selling off her second technology startup, Dallas Technology Group, Mow recognized in the early days after 9/11 that the United States had a problem sharing information with the right people in real time. Conversely, the government couldn’t stop an already open flow of information in real time, either.

Jericho’s EnterSpace software, the first commercially available, “attribute”-based access control technology, profiled people and situations, and determined access based on that profiling (although Mow was careful to not use the word “profile” back then because it wasn’t “politically correct,” she says).

Government agencies like the Department of Defense needed EnterSpace, but Mow had to help them understand why. She and her team at Jericho spent years educating and developing standards, and defining “how large enterprises or anyone in the digital world talks to each other.” Then came the processing of “big data,” the mass quantities of digital information we now have the technological capacity to store and, to some degree, make sense of, Mow says. Jericho’s various services and products help keep big data secure, a must for government entities and businesses alike.

The company, which employs 25, has about a dozen clients, including tactical, intelligence, and health divisions of the various branches of the military, as well as private-sector clients in health and human services. According to Mow, healthcare is a big challenge, but a big opportunity. That’s where Jericho’s next efforts will be focused, with the eventual vision of allowing patients total control of their own medical data to share or deny access.

But any small business can benefit from the same information gathering and processing technology, focusing on personalization, Mow says.

“I don’t want ads for oil changes, I want ads for Jimmy Choo shoes on sale at Neiman’s,” Mow says. If you can take the data and utilize it  for whatever your small business needs-—provided it’s used correctly—it can become a powerful weapon, she says.

  • consumer

    Why is dropbox not leveraging this? It’s time for more companies to capitalize on this technology to protect my information. (target)

  • Cyber Soldier

    Great write up by Liz Johnstone. “I don’t want ads for oil changes, I want ads for Jimmy Choo shoes on sale at Neiman’s,” and….. I want my credit card and purchases secure!

    Dropbox, Target, and Neiman Marcus… the list grows.

  • Kent Smith

    Most of the ads I see are useless for me. You’d think advertisers would know by now I shop at GuitarCenter.com a lot by now if they are trying to sell me something.

  • Kent Smith

    Great article. I’d love to use the web more with my healthcare… and you’d think advertisers would know that I shop a lot at guitarcenter.com by now.

  • njo

    Software like this seems intuitive but obviously lacking in the real world. I hope more corporations and governments pick it up. In an age where privacy is not a given and even under threat, I can see more than a niche need for this product.

  • cowboy joe

    It’s amazing to me that this software was available 10 years ago….it seems as if it was created years before its time!! With the recent rise in HIPAA violations (21 million patient health records being compromised in the past 3 years), the transfer of valuable data across hospital systems (both state and nationwide), and the dramatic increase in Patient Portal applications, it is imperative that the healthcare industry utilize this software. Hospitals and clinics all over the country are siphoning off what will amount to millions, even billions, of dollars from the government to improve our broken system. But we cannot afford to neglect the most pressing issue – privacy!

  • Cyber Soldier

    Thank you Cowboy Joe, HIPAA as defined by HHS.GOV:

    “The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) required the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop regulations protecting the privacy and security of certain health information.

    To fulfill this requirement, HHS published what are commonly known as the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the HIPAA Security Rule. The Privacy Rule, or Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information, establishes national standards for the protection of certain health information. The Security Standards for the Protection of Electronic Protected Health Information (the Security Rule) establish a national set of security standards for protecting certain health information that is held or transferred in electronic form. The Security Rule operationalizes the protections contained in the Privacy Rule by addressing the technical and non-technical safeguards that organizations called “covered entities” must put in place to secure individuals’ “electronic protected health information” (e-PHI). Within HHS, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has responsibility for enforcing the Privacy and Security Rules with voluntary compliance activities and civil money penalties.”

    Hope this helps educate concerned citizens..

  • North Dallas Doll

    Give me “Privacy” or give me death!

    What Patrick Henry meant to say!

  • IOs

    After inspecting security programs in support of the State Department for several years, I can tell you the government needs this technology! Cyberspace is the new battlespace for state, non-state, and individual actors who know how the value of information and how to use it as a weapon. Leaving information unprotected (or insufficiently so) can be catastrophic. Protecting against such a data breach is much easier than trying to contain one after the fact. The recent information breaches of Target, Neiman-Marcus, and six other as yet unnamed retailers, show this to be a fact.

  • TxRebel

    How will this tech help Texas new health info exchange and can it be of any assistance to Ocare?

  • timfa2001

    Be ware of hackers. This company should grow if done right. Open market to any market it looks these days shopping to dining out Brynn and company offering security measures at a right time.

    Tim

  • timfa2001

    Great time for this company to grow givin security threats in all markets from dining to shopping
    Brynn and company should be at an apex in this market. Protection from hackers.

    Tim

  • Cyber Soldier

    Nice HIMSS blog on Jericho’s brand reputation and patient trust.

    http://blog.himss.org/2014/01/14/transparency-brand-reputation-and-patient-trust/

  • The Dallas Reporter

    Jericho Systems Healthcare Privacy Technology in HL7 FHIR Connectathon
    EnterSpace® Exchange Software Used to Implement HIPAA Self-Pay Use Case

    Great press just released
    http://www.jerichosystems.com/company/pr01222014.html

    I wonder if this cutting edge software solution would be useful in the financial world. Can anyone say Target!